Reaching out to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) has become a priority given the socio-economic hardship they face as individuals and as a nation, seeing the dwindling resources and understanding that government cannot do it alone.
It is on this backdrop that there have been clarion calls for individuals, group and corporate entities to support the ongoing war against insurgency and mostly aid government to put food on the table, clothes on the back, shelter, healthcare as well as educate these displaced persons who find themselves living precariously of no fault of theirs.
The call has been put out and one of these that have responded to that call is Nigerian airline, Medview which has shown commitment to support these persons, in its own small way.
Medview airline joined humanitarian efforts to help Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the North East and has, since January 2016, started delivering a trailer load of rice and noodles monthly to IDPs in Borno.
The airline has said that it will continue this feat monthly until the IDPs have been relocated and resettled stating that it is the responsibility of Nigerians to have that spirit of being Nigerian and seeing every part as the whole, thus supporting people in Nigeria is a no brainer and the Nigerian thing to do.
The Airline of Nigeria further stated that there are various IDP camps around the country and that it was great that there is a coordinator in the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) which act like a central clearing house where all the donations and contributions would go for them to reach out to the IDPs
The airline’s Chief Executive, Alhaji Muneer Bankole said, “It is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) to assist our people who are affected by the activities of insurgents.”
According to Bankole, the airline is called the airline of Nigeria not just as a catch phrase but in the spirit of being the airline of Nigeria stating that its CSR gesture is just one way of showing its commitment to the Nigerian people.
“We fly these people, we fly these routes. When the insurgency was at its peak we pioneered flying into Borno state, damning the consequences and stating that people live there and also require air service. I was told by my management team that it was not viable, not safe but I told them that God saves despite our best efforts and now we have been flying to Maiduguri and even other airlines have joined.”
“For us contributing our quota to support the people we serve and make bread from is nothing compared to the joy we at Medview feel.”